Wake (2004)

Marking the writing and directorial debut of Henry LeRoy Finch, Wake revolves around four estranged brothers whose reunion, through no conscious effort of their own, takes place on the eve of their mother's death. Shot entirely on… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 28, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
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Ronnie Scheib

Strong thesping and solid staging, atmospherically accompanied by disorienting, darkly folksy Ramsay Midwood songs make Wake surprisingly watchable.

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New York Daily News

A self-conscious exercise in indie-minded pretension.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

A sour piece of work without a stitch of humor, taking itself too seriously... dramatic aspirations dead on arrival.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Feels like a stagy adaptation of an already contrived play.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

A hackneyed gothic tale invoking those traditional American family values of secrets and lies, the film fails to transcend its derivative literary aspirations.

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Stina Chyn
Film Threat

Each brother fulfills a different purpose in the plot, and because they don't allow you to get too emotionally close, they're not as predictable. They're more real.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Strictly straight-to-video fodder.

Dave Kehr
New York Times

Roy Finch's shrill, derivative independent film is largely a one-set affair that seems to have been transplanted from its natural home somewhere Off-Off-Off Broadway.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

If you're already asking, 'Why don't these alcoholic losers just stop picking at their mental scabs and grow up?' this is not the movie for you.

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